ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Envision AESC announces it will build an $810 million electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in South Carolina. (Florence Morning News)

ALSO: An airport partners with Mississippi Power to install electric vehicle charging stations. (WXXV)

GRID:
• Duke Energy says efforts to restore power to North Carolina residents affected by the shooting of two electrical substations are running ahead of schedule and power could be back by tonight. (Associated Press)
• Attacks on two North Carolina electrical substations were preceded just three days by a federal warning that “lone offenders and small groups” could target critical infrastructure. (ABC News)
• The North Carolina substation attacks prompt reconsideration of grid security in Mississippi and across the country. (WDAM, The Hill)

SOLAR:
• A Virginia county projects receiving $45 million in revenue over 35 years from 16 solar projects that are planned, under construction or completed, although so far only an 80 MW facility is currently generating county revenue. (Gazette-Virginian)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to build a 100 MW solar farm on a western Kentucky coal ash landfill as it aims to add 10,000 MW of solar power and retire all coal-fired power plants by 2035. (WKMS)

EMISSIONS:
• An Alabama Power coal plant is the largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S. for the seventh consecutive year, according to the U.S. EPA. (AL.com)
• A Kentucky plant is the U.S. aluminum industry’s largest emitter of perfluorocarbons, one of the most potent and longest-lasting greenhouse gases. (Inside Climate News/NBC News)
• Documents reveal that for years a Tennessee landfill has emitted methane at levels that far exceed state and federal limits. (WTVF)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Texas’ grid manager launches a voluntary program to pay crypto mining firms to reduce their energy use during periods of high power demand, until longer-term rules can be established. (Bloomberg)

WORKFORCE: Three Virginia businesses award a grant to support a school district’s addition of a new two-year advanced technology center program to study renewable energy. (WAVY)

POLITICS: The draft version of an annual defense policy bill excludes U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s energy permitting reform legislation, including a provision to force completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Bloomberg Government)

OIL & GAS: An Oklahoma oil and gas firm names an industry veteran as its new CEO. (Journal Record)

CLIMATE:
• The 2022 hurricane season was milder than initially forecast, but experts say supply chain issues, the war in Ukraine and lingering effects from last year compounded the cost of storms that did hit. (S&P Global)
• Business collaborations between Florida and Puerto Rico have been set back by hurricanes, rolling blackouts and other challenges. (WESH)

COMMENTARY:
• Despite its negative effects on small businesses and wages, Walmart is doing the right thing by striving to transition to clean energy and pushing Duke Energy to do the same in North Carolina. (Winston-Salem Journal)
• A columnist touts 38% growth in Texas’ natural gas industry over the last decade and celebrates projections that construction of new liquified natural gas export terminals on the Gulf Coast could triple the size of the industry in North America. (Waco Tribune-Herald)

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Mason Adams

Mason has worked as a journalist since 2001, covering Appalachian communities and the issues that affect them. He compiles the Southeast Energy News digest. Mason previously worked as a wildlife biologist before moving into journalism by freelancing at Coast Weekly in Monterey, California, before taking an internship in 2001 at High Country News. He wrote for the Enterprise Mountaineer in western North Carolina and the Roanoke Times in western Virginia before going freelance in 2012. His work has appeared in Southerly, Daily Yonder, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, WVPB’s Inside Appalachia and elsewhere. Mason was born and raised in Clifton Forge, Virginia, and now lives with his family and a small herd of goats in Floyd County, Virginia.